Rev 22:12-13 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. NIV
With the present constantly pressing in on us, with all of its immediate demands, it is easy to forget that those who are found in Christ have been called into His eternity. When we consider life and history let us consider it always in terms of ‘eternity’.
Eccl 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. NIV
Ecclesiastes three points out that within each person’s heart God has placed the sense of eternity. That life is more than the present seems to be an intrinsic part of humanity. Yet to understand eternity is beyond us… except that it is revealed by God.
Isa 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. NIV
God has spoken from the beginning what the end will be and in this way He reveals His eternal plan in and for creation. To understand the works of God’s hands can only be done through His revealed purpose. God is at work to bring about His ultimate purpose, which will be put into effect in Christ Jesus at the consummation of all of history.
Eph 1:9-10 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. NIV
From creation to consummation Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is the revelation of God for all creation. In my previous devotion ‘God is our reward’, I asked, “How often do we take what is given by God and turn it into something of more importance or value than God himself?” In the same way we should consider our present in terms of its existence in the eternal Father which is revealed in the Son.
Jesus is the alpha and omega, beginning and the end. From first to last we see Jesus. He was in the beginning (Jn 1:1); all things exist in and through Him (Heb 1:2-3); in Him we were chosen before the world began, to be eternal sons of God through Jesus Christ (Eph 1:3-5); and He is the consummation of all of history which will occur at His return (Rev 22:12-13).
The present is nothing more than a part of the journey which takes us into God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus. If we are in Christ then we should live the present in anticipation of the age to come. (Heb 11:13-16)
Heb 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. NIV